Oh, don’t we like to keep our dirty laundry in a closed hamper, our sins under wraps, our skeletons in the closet.
Unfortunately, this means expending a LOT of energy as the keeper of all these beasts. Cages have high overhead costs. Lying, hiding and worrying require energy and are mostly fuelled by fear.
The big secret is that our secrets usually aren’t. Everyone sighs with relief when we finally admit we were pretending not to see “the elephant in the room.”
If someone we know wasn’t already aware of the beast we were harbouring, when we expose it, they feel free to let their own beasts out. Courage is contagious. Everyone feels better. The air is clearer. The weight of carrying all that extra guilt and fear adds lightness to our step, smiles to our faces, more room in our hearts.
Reputations are over-rated, despite popular opinion. It takes character to shine a spotlight on the dark parts of your life.
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
………..~ Henri Matisse
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
………..~ Abraham Lincoln
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”
………..~ William Shakespeare